has over fifteen years of experience in the communications field, where she has worked in industries ranging from telecommunications, information technology, financial services, education and most recently insurance, as a Business Analyst for State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, IL. She is also a Professor of Marketing Consumer Behavior and Marketing Management at Illinois State University.
Kari is currently the VP of Membership Development for the Bloomington-Normal Chapter of AWC, and has served on their annual Crystal Awards and Fall Workshop Committees. She has also presented the importance of Crisis Communications to the AWC Student Chapter. Kari also helps with our National AWC as a National Conference Committee member and Clarion Awards judge. Most recently, she accepted the responsibility as Chair of the Professional Development Committee.
Kari has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications and a Master of Business Administration, both from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. During her MBA experiences, she studied in Brazil, where she learned the proper way to analyze a company's business structure. She also learned how important cultural influences can be on successful communication strategies.
Kari also has a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Medill at Northwestern University. She has had the honor of working collaboratively with leaders from top-tier global companies, such as Google, Leo Burnett, 3M, ESPN, and Frito Lay.
When Kari is not focusing on her career or continuous education, she enjoys traveling with her husband and two daughters.